CHS eNews
March 2017

Centennial Named AP Honor School!
Centennial was recognized as an AP Merit, AP STEM, AP STEM Achievement and AP Humanities school by the Georgia Department of Education.
  • AP Merit Schools are schools with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
  • AP STEM Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses
  • AP STEM Achievement Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
  • AP Humanities Schools are schools with students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.
Thank you to students, teachers, staff, and parents for all working so hard to make this happen.  GO KNIGHTS!
Mr. Kuhn teaches 9th grade Biology and AP Biology. Congratulations for being such an awesome teacher! Thank you so much for the work, dedication, and innovation that you put into your lessons and labs. Centennial is so lucky to have you!
Ms. McKay is an amazing media center para pro. In addition to helping out with everything in the Learning Commons, Ms. McKay organizes senior nights, sells game tickets, collects senior dues, etc, etc. She is everywhere and we are so grateful for all that she does for Centennial!

SGC Elections - 3/22 through 3/28
It is SGC Election time!! There will be 2 open parent seats and one open teacher seat on the council. Parents vote for parents and teachers vote for teachers. Voting information will be emailed to you shortly. The actual elections will take place 3/22-3/28. The election goals that we have are 10% of parent participation and 70% of staff participation in voting.  
Last year, Centennial had 133 parents (3.25%) and 159 staff (85%) vote. 
The Centennial SGC has brought us: the Learning Commons, the makerspace, the Personal Fitness Waiver, the Internship Waiver so that all students can be eligible for internships, Honors World History, AVID, the STEM and Humanities co-Labs, the study skills waiver! We would love for this innovative tradition to continue.
What do you need to do?
  1. Carefully review all of the candidate statements written below.
  2. Read any governance council materials emailed to you.
  3. On 3/22, follow the link on the election email (that will be sent to you) and vote for your top candidates.
Thank you for supporting your Centennial Governance Council.
Centennial High School SGC Candidate Statements - Parents:
Jen Wunderlich:
Thank you for the consideration and opportunity to serve Centennial as a representative for the SGC. This will be my 11th year as a parent in our public school cluster. I have had the pleasure of serving on PTA boards at both Holcomb Bridge Middle School as PTA President and Parliamentarian and River Eves Elementary School as VP of Academic Enrichment. This year, I serve as the Community Representative for Holcomb Bridge on the Superintendent's Community Council, as well as, volunteer through the National Charity League to provide support to our Roswell Alpharetta community. As a parent of a rising sophomore and sixth grader, I am dedicated to the success and growth of Centennial. I bring a desire to work closely with the council and administration to continue the great work and advancements of our school. I am hopeful for the opportunity to be a part of shaping our strategic direction as we continue to challenge ourselves to take advantage of all the opportunities possible for our school. What a great opportunity we have to make decisions that are unique to Centennial and allow for advancements specific to our students. I would love to be a part of that process. With your support, I will bring a focus on benefits for all students, a drive for our school's success and dedication to the council. I appreciate your consideration and your vote. Thank you!
Kristin Sharpe:
As the co-president of the Centennial PTSA for the past two years, I have gained knowledge and insight into the school and the philosophies and initiatives that have been implemented to move the education of our students forward in ways that engage them at their levels in their learning styles while challenging them to reach their potential. My experience will shorten my learning curve and allow me to quickly become be a collaborative partner on the SGC. Prior to becoming a full time parent, I was a high school science teacher and adjunct faculty at the college level. Those experiences gave me perspective into the impacts and the values of initiatives that the faculty and administration work together to implement for our students. When our family relocated to Georgia, I visited area schools and chose to move to the Centennial cluster because of the atmosphere of support that I perceived here. I have not been disappointed in my expectation that my children would thrive at Centennial. Much as my family has transitioned, many of our students move in or out of Centennial during their high school career. This is why I wish to support Centennial by being part of the SGC and helping to create unique opportunities for our students to excel: Our school creates strong, capable students who have had a good work-life balance and have the skills that it takes to be successful as they take the next step on their journey.
Michelle Ruiz:
I want to help ensure that each student, regardless of socioeconomic background, receives the same opportunities. I want to ensure that other parents realize the importance of being involved in their child's education. I currently work in the finance department of Advanc-ED, a non-profit that seeks to improve education for students around the world. I have also served in children's ministry for several years. I am a few classes away from an Interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree from Liberty University (with majors in both Psychology and Public Relations).

Elizabeth Ridley:
I believe I should be a part of the 2017 School Governance Committee because I am a dedicated parent and a caring citizen and I want to make sure the best decisions are made for the good of all students at Centennial High School. I am currently a member of the Haynes Bridge Middle School PTO Board. (I am the bulletin board parent!) The PTO Board is responsible for two boards, which I make sure are properly maintained. Years ago when we lived in Fayetteville, GA (South Fulton) I was parent volunteer of the year at Hood Elementary School. (Plaque and all -2008) I have been an active volunteer at all of their schools while living in Birmingham, AL and Florida. You name it ...I've done it, band trips chaperone, lunchroom volunteer, AVID trip chaperone, sideline football cheerleader snack mom at Centennial, etc. A teacher recently invited me to join the Business and Computer Science Advisory Committee at CHS. It is my DUTY not an option as a parent to help the students at CHS whenever my schedule will allow and be aware of any issues rising in the school, good or bad. This would be a welcomed opportunity. I am an Adult Education Instructor at Gwinnett Technical College. I have taught high school special education for years in Florida and Birmingham, AL. My master's degree is in Special Education. My husband is a corporate person and travels weekly so I do all I can on our behalf to give back to the schools in his absence. Lastly, we LUV Centennial.
Kristi McGinnis:
I am a native of Georgia. Served in the US Navy 89-93. I served on the Haynes Bridge Middle School Governance Council 2015-2016. I am currently the Centennial Knights Wrestling team mom. Go Knights! I look forward to bringing my medical and research background to the table and serving on the CHS School Governance Council.
Michelle Lyle:
I have been an educator for over 15 years, first facilitating a middle school coming of age mentor program, then as a reading specialist and drama teacher in a public middle school, as well as a 3rd/4th grade lead elementary school teacher in a private special needs school. I have seen education from many different vantage points and have garnered an insider's understanding that is balanced with my role as a parent of two children at Centennial. I believe in Centennial's compassionate and comprehensive approach to education and would love to support the school as it formulates its strategic direction and puts it into practice. I believe in the power of public education and would be honored to lend my time, knowledge and passion to a role on the School Governance Council.
Diane Jacobi:
It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the CHS Governance Council for the last two years. Through this and other leadership positions at the local, state, and federal levels, I understand not only the challenges facing our school and students, but also know about programs and unique opportunities which can benefit them. My many leadership positions at all levels have required me to collaborate with a wide variety of individuals and organizations. This included working with parents, community members, business leaders, and elected officials toward the common goal of supporting our schools and students either through the implementation of programs or by advocating on their behalf. As a Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education 2017 Education Policy Fellow, I am part of a nationwide network of Fellows, all working to improve educational outcomes through effective programs and policies. In the last two years, the CHS SGC developed a new 3-year Strategic Plan, renewed our 3 Flexibility Requests, was awarded almost $260,000 in SEED Fund Grants to implement STEM and Humanities Co-Labs and our new makerspace, the SPaCE. All of these initiatives have expanded possibilities for our students. I am proud of the work the SGC has accomplished in this short time. We have just started leveraging the flexibilities afforded by the charter system, and I welcome the opportunity to implement new (and the best) ones for our students! Thank you for your consideration. Go Knights!
Centennial High School SGC Candidate Statements - Teacher:
Zachary Kroll:
I grew up in Roswell and attended public schools from elementary through high school, where I graduated from Roswell High in May 2007. Upon graduation I attended UGA and earned a BBA in Economics. I determined that I did not want to pursue a career in either business or law, but rather work with young people. I spent two years as a high school math teacher in an impoverished rural county in the Mississippi Delta where learned to develop vital relationships with community members, parents, and administrators to best prepare students for what came next. Following that I returned to UGA to pursue my Master's in math Ed as well as teach middle school for two years.  Upon finishing my Master's degree I and began teaching at Centennial High. I decided to become a teacher in order to make a lasting impact on the generation(s) to come. This community is a place that helped form me into the person I am and I want to give back to it as much as possible. This is why I teach and coach here at Centennial. In addition, I work with the non-profit organization STAR House, which helps create after school and summer programming for at-risk students in Roswell. Joining the School Governance Council will allow me another opportunity to make sure that Centennial is the best possible school it can be. I want to assist community members, parents, and faculty in ensuring we are providing the best overall learning experience for our students.

Principal's Honor Roll Breakfast
On Friday March 4th, the CHS PTSA hosted an Awards Breakfast in the Gym on the upper track to honor close to 400 students.  These students all earned a 94% average or above for the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year.  Students received invitations to attend the breakfast with their peers and Mrs. Crumbley, who was thrilled to be able to personally congratulate many of the students who were in attendance.  Students were treated to Chick Fil A chicken biscuits, fruit and various pastries and beverages.  We were so excited to see many of the same students back for the breakfast from last year and equally excited to see many new faces!   A special thanks to those seniors who attended - we couldn't have been more thrilled to honor them with this last awards breakfast. 
A special thanks to volunteers Barb Crowe and Kimberly Laidhold for their hard work in organizing this wonderful event.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Week at Centennial
Centennial celebrated CTE Month with a proclamation from the Mayor. Mayor Jere Wood declared a proclamation that February 21-24 would be CTE Week. After the Mayor read the proclamation, CTE students released 100 balloons in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 - the first act of Congress to provide funding for career tech education.
Centennial offers 11 CTE pathway opportunities, the most offered at a North Fulton County high school.  They are: Audio-Video Technology and Film, Financial Services, Engineering and Technology, Law Enforcement Services/Forensic Science, JROTC/Army, Food and Nutrition, Computer Science, Game Design, Web Development, Emergency Medical Responder, and Allied Health and Medicine.
Also at Centennial, is the amazing new SPaCE where students can go and explore in the areas of building, electronics, video, sewing, programming, editing, 3D technology, embroidering, etc.
Each year the Centennial High School PTSA offers several scholarships, some up  to $1000, recognizing exceptional dedication to volunteerism among the senior class students. These scholarships will be awarded to students who best exemplify the PTSA's ideals of outstanding commitment of service to others in our school, community and world.
Any graduating senior with a GPA of 80 or higher who is enrolling at a college, university or technical institute of higher learning may apply.   Applicants (or their families) must be a member of the PTSA by the end of the first semester to be eligible.
Applications and a detailed description are now available at the PTSA website and are due in the front office by Friday, March 31st at 3:30pm.  If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Barone, Scholarship Committee Chair, at
Sophomores - now is the time to take your mock tests!
Mock tests are an excellent tool for sophomores and juniors to use in determining their test prep strategies for their college exams. 
This final Mock is a combo of both SAT and ACT tests. They will not be full length tests of each, rather they will be excerpts of each. This test will allow you to compare how much you like each test and how well you do on each in just one testing day!
March 25  - SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test Saturday, 9am-1:30pm
Cafeteria (event code M227587)
To register, go to   and enter the event code.  Cost is $5.
Parents: Mark Your Calendars!
Course Selections for 2017-2018 School Year
Students will be receiving a third course verification sometime late April.

AP courses - this year students are submitting applications for AP classes through google classroom. AP night happened in February; however, students can still apply for AP classes. Students will be placed on a waiting list depending on room in the course for next year.   Once a student applies through google classroom for an AP class, the AP teacher will private message the student back to let them know if they have been accepted or if they need an academic waiver because they do not meet academic pre-requirements.

Honors courses -- if your student was recommended for an on-level class but feels they want to take it at an Honors level course, they can come by Mrs. Miley's office in the AP office to obtain a waiver. All Honors Waivers are due March 24th.
**students taking AP and Honors courses will have summer reading/assignments that will be posted at a later date**

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Miley at
Move On When Ready (MOWR) - Applications Due 3/31
Move On When Ready (MOWR) information and application materials are available for students and parents. Everything students need to help them through the MOWR application process can be found on our new   MOVE ON WHEN READY WEBPAGE.  Visit today for details!
March 31
  • College MOWR Online Application
  • Fulton County MOWR Contract
May 2
  • Official HS Transcript
  • Official Test Scores

Cyber Camp in Dahlonega 6/21 through 7/1 - FOR FREE!!!!
Free Cyber Camp is being offered this summer from June 21st through July 1st, on the Dahlonega Campus of the University of North Georgia, for your rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. 
If you have students who are thrilled by computer science and operating in cyberspace, this might be the camp for them!  They can apply for this intense and exciting 10 days of learning from highly qualified PhD University of North Georgia instructors.
There is no cost to students. The program is funded by a grant from the National Security Agency/National Science Foundation GenCyber program.  For more details and to apply, students should go to  They will need a letter of recommendation from a school official with their cumulative GPA (unweighted) indicated. 
Admission is competitive!  We will select the top 40 applicants on May 20th.
Please tell your students to apply as soon as possible .

The University of North Georgia, the Military College of Georgia and a senior military college, established a Center for Cyber Operations Education on February 1st. It has applied to become a national Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense; and offers a bachelor's degree in computer science, with a concentration in information assurance and security and a minor in cyber security. 
Clubs & Activities
Ghost Out - Prom PROMises Week 
This is a week long alcohol and drug awareness program aimed at our high school students. Teenage traffic accidents, particularly on Prom weekend, are the number one killer of teens. Over 1/3 of these accidents are caused by alcohol, drugs, or distracted driving. Our intention is to impress upon our student drivers to make good choices and keep the CHS Prom a Knight to Remember.
This is the week of events:
Monday, March 20 - Friday, March 24  - videos, produced by "The Loft" students, will be shown every afternoon during the last 2 minutes of 4th period. All the videos pertain to Prom PROMises, good choices that are made, the consequences of bad choices, and breaking Prom PROMises
Tuesday, March 21  - CHS is partnering with AAA Auto Club for a Prom PROMise Program. During all three lunch periods juniors and seniors will be invited to drive on a "driving simulator" which will demonstrate the hazards of distractive driving. Then they will wear goggles, which impair their vision, and be asked to "Walk a straight line". Roswell Police Department Officers will be on hand to talk about the laws associated with impaired driving and answer any questions students may have. All students are welcome to observe.
Wednesday, March 22  - All students will have the opportunity, during all three lunches, to sign the Prom PROMise Wall in the cafeteria. Once they sign the wall they can enter their name in a raffle. Items include Prom related gift cards : Great clips, nail salon, Kroger (floral). The drawings will be held on Thursday, March 23rd during all three lunches. 
Thursday, March 23  - Students may continue to sign the wall and enter their
name in the raffle. Drawings will take place at each lunch period. Winners will be announced. Any winner not present to claim their gift card may pick it up in room H-65 from Mr. Dale 
Make Prom Night a Safe Night ! Encourage your daughter/son to make good choices for themselves and their friends.

Have a fantastic time
stay safe!
Centennial Model UN Wins at National New York Conference!
The Centennial team received the Award of Distinction -- the top award given at the National HS Model UN Conference.  The conference includes teams from 110 other schools from around the world.  They went up against the best model UN teams in the world and our students led the way in leadership, collaboration, coalition building, problem solving, research, and charm! 
Then...they got stuck in the blizzard! The team was stranded in NY for 2 additional days. They had to relocate hotels from Manhattan to Brooklyn - 18 people dragging luggage through the snowy streets of New York. Special thanks to Mr. Hoge and Mr. Hennessey for being amazing coaches, teachers, and tour guides!

Please congratulate the following Centennial HOSA students who placed in their competitions at our State Leadership Conference this past weekend.
Karis Wang-1st place in Extemporaneous Health Poster
Mintie Badauskas & Cursten Howard-2nd place in Hosa Happenings Newsletter
Alexandra Chapman-3rd place in Medical Math
Top 5% in Healthcare Issues Exam: 
Alexandra Chapman
Louis Deavers
Crystal Favorito
Georgiana Sima
Alex Sun
Karis Wang
These students will have the opportunity to advance to the International Leadership Conference this summer. 

Also, please check out the Children's Hospital of Atlanta (CHOA) Feed the Heart collection that HOSA is helping with starting this week through the end of March.

Centennial NHS at Hillside for Read Across America Day
Junior and Senior Knights spent the day at Hillside helping out and having fun at their Annual Read Across America Day extravaganza.  Many of these Knights participated in Read Across America Day when they were Huskies themselves.  It was so much fun to go back and make it special for these future Knights.

Centennial Hosts CBI March Madness Tournament
Playing against competitors from other North Fulton high schools our own Centennial CBI students had a valiant effort in the Special Olympics March Madness basketball tourney held here at Centennial during Exceptional Children's Week.  Congratulations to all of the athletes!

Yearbooks are currently SOLD OUT! However, there is a possibility that we may get extra copies when we receive our shipment of books. If you would like to be added to a waiting list to purchase one of the potential copies, email Ms. Scenna at or have your student go see her in G-58. Thank you all for your continued interest in yearbook!
Centennial Athletics
The Centennial Knight Golf team is looking to have an exciting year on the golf course. We have started the year with our lowest rounds ever and have a chance at making a run for state. Our big Golf Jamboree held at The Legacy Golf course on Lake Lanier will be April 23rd. If you are interested in getting a team together to help support our Centennial golf program, please contact Danielle Pickett at If you own a business and would like to sponsor a hole or donate a gift card, merchandise or some other form of support please contact Coach Todd Kearney at .
The Volleyball 2017 Parent/Player Info Meeting is Wednesday, March 29th 7-8pm  in the CHS Learning Commons; all interested High school and Jr Knights welcome!
Knights Football Registration  is currently underway.  We had a successful Registration night on Monday, March 6th when our new Head Coach Michael Perry spoke to parents and players about the upcoming season.  We are excited about our upcoming Spring practice and looking forward to a successful season. 
Physical Day will be held on April 15 at the school.  In addition, we will be handing out equipment immediately following physicals, for players that have completed their registration/payment.
Please follow the link below to complete your registration for the 2017 Centennial Knights Football Season!  
(copy and paste link to your browser if necessary)
This registration link and payment links are also found at 
The Arts 
Over the February holiday weekend 44 students from the Centennial Orchestra program traveled to Chicago, Illinois.  While there they visited the world famous William Harris Lee Violin Shop.  Students got the opportunity to watch master Luthiers as they handmade violins and other string instruments.  The students also got the chance to try out some of the finished products.  The group also attended a performance of the world renown Chicago Symphony Orchestra and heard them perform Rossini's "Overture to Semiramide", Beethoven's "Piano Concerto no. 4" and Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 5". The students also toured the Art Institute of Chicago, The Shedd Aquarium, The Willis Tower and The Museum of Science and Industry.  We concluded the trip with shopping at Navy Pier and a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan.

On Tuesday, March 7 the trumpet players in the band enjoyed a wonderful masterclass with Dr. Doug Lindsey, the trumpet professor at Kennesaw State University.  Dr. Lindsey played for the students, listened to them play and talked about fundamentals of great trumpet playing.  It was a wonderful experience for our kids.

Winter Guard placed 1st at both the River Ridge HS and Chattahoochee HS competitions - 2 weeks in a row!

Get your CHOCOLATE fix... before it's too late! Find a band student, buy a chocolate bar. It's that easy to help the band and help yourself!
VILLAGE BURGER SPIRIT NIGHT : Come support the band while having an amazing burger! April 24th, starting at 5 PM, at Village Burger (3005 Old Alabama Rd.). If you haven't tried it, it's time!
Join us for a night of  BEAUTIFUL  music!  Hard to believe it is almost 
SPRING CONCERT  time. The final band concert of the year happens  April 20th at 7:00 PM  in the Centennial Auditorium. Always an amazing - and emotional - concert, come help us celebrate the culmination of a year of hard work!
Then, head back over for the  JAZZ  & PERCUSSION Concert,  Thursday April 27th at 7:00, also in the Centennial auditorium. Upbeat, energetic, crowd-pleasing fun!

The Senior Scoop
(a must-read for all seniors and their parents!)

Senior Week:  March 27 - March 31
Check out the fun activities and dress up themes for the week. Centennial Senior traditions are awesome! Your Senior Dues cover the cost of these events. Make sure that your Senior Dues are paid so that your senior can participate! ($45 to Ms. Jimenez or Ms. McKay)
Monday - Doughnuts, Bagels & Coffee in the Perk - Middle School Theme
Tuesday - Ice Cream Day - Alter Ego/Movie Character Theme
Wednesday - Catered Mexican Lunch - Senior Citizen Theme
Thursday - Carnival Day - Decade Theme
Friday - Senior Raffles & Treats - College Attire


Right now, only 250 students out of 400+ have paid their SENIOR DUES. They will not be happy being turned away from each event because they have not paid. Please get that $45 to Ms. Jimenez or Ms. McKay or online (see below) NOW.
How To Pay School Fee Online
1. Go to, select "Resources", click "Online Payment Portal" or click here. You will need to sign in or create an account. If this is a new parent account, please add the student to your profile.
2. Choose an activity you are paying for. Be sure to follow the direction stated under the activity, enter the quantity and add to cart.
3. Proceed with purchasing additional activities at Centennial High School or check out.
4. Select your student profile and click "next" to enter your credit card information. Only Master Card or Visa is accepted.
Note: All items in the shopping cart should be for the same school.
Cost to Parents
The following fees are added to your credit card and not refundable:
Fixed fee: 0.35 per transaction
Variable fee: 4% of total charge

Senior Treats
The PTSA thinks seniors are the bomb! Here are some seniors enjoying bomb pops for Senior Treat day on February 22.

Kennesaw Field Trip - March 29
We are taking seniors interested in Kennesaw on a field trip March 29th. If you would like to participate, stop by the Counseling Office at school.  Depending on the number of attending students, we may open it to Juniors.
Senior Parents: the Seniors Only special edition eNews will be coming out the week after Spring Break. Keep an eye out for it!

Centennial Cluster News
Legislative Info
Fulton School Board Members, during their February 23 meeting, discussed their support of Senate Bill 211, which was introduced by Senator Lindsey Tippins, chairman of the Georgia Senate Education and Youth Committee. 

The bill provides local school systems with flexibility to decide whether to use nationally normed assessments instead of current state assessments. When it was reviewed during the Senate's Education Committee meeting, School Board Member Katie Reeves and Superintendent Jeff Rose spoke of the need to reduce the testing burden on Georgia students.

The bill has been approved by the Senate and has moved to the Georgia House of Representative's Education committee for review.  If passed by the committee, the next step will be approval by the full House of Representatives.  The bill would then go to Governor Nathan Deal to sign or veto.
Centennial High School is represented by three FCS school board members. Each board member holds monthly community meetings to keep residents informed about issues and gives citizens the opportunity to comment on Board agenda items.  
  • Julia Bernath - Tuesday, March 21, 7 PM at Centennial HS
  • Linda McCain - Tuesday, March 21, 9:30 AM at Autry Mill MS
  • Katha Stuart - Tuesday, March 21, 9:30 AM at Elkins Point MS
  • Julia Bernath - Tuesday, April 18, 11:30 AM at North Springs HS
  • Linda McCain - Tuesday, April 18, 7 PM at Northview HS
  • Katha Stuart - Wednesday, April 19 6:30 PM at Roswell HS
Last week, was School Board Appreciation Week. We would like to thank all of our wonderful school board members for always supporting Centennial High School! We appreciate all that you do for all students!

Hillside ES Pre-K Lottery Registration -  March 28 8-3:30
Hillside ES Kindergarten & New Student Registration
Wed March 29th 8 - 3:30 & Thurs March 30th 8 - 7
These registration dates are for NEW students who will be entering Hillside Elementary in grades Kindergarten thru 5th grade.
The student's parents or legal guardian must be a resident of the Hillside attendance area.  Student must be registered by parent or legal guardian.
NOTE: Registration Packets are available at Hillside
For more information, call Hillside Elementary 470-254-6362 or go to
Esther Jackson Honor Chorus

Ranked Among Top 5 Percent of Schools in State
River Eves Elementary School recently earned two awards for progress and high academic achievement from the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE).

River Eves received the "Did Beat the Odds" designation after performing better than statistically expected on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), Georgia's academic accountability system, after analysis that measured it against schools with similar backgrounds.

In addition, River Eves was named a 2016-2017 Reward Schools in the Highest Performance category. This distinction recognizes schools receiving Title I funds that are performing among the top 5 percent in the state. Schools in this category have the highest absolute performance over three years for the "All Students" group on state assessments, proving success in educating students from varying socioeconomic backgrounds. Only five Fulton County Schools and 81 schools statewide received a Rewards School recognition.
PTSA in Action
PTSA Mini Grants - projects that your PTSA dollars help support at Centennial
Chorus Clinician
In February, the Centennial Chorus classes welcomed Greg S. Smith, a retired choral educator, clinician, adjudicator and conductor with over 29 years of excellence in public school choral music, to come work with chorus students in preparation for their Large Group Performance Evaluation on March 3rd. Mr. Smith's choirs have consistently scored superior ratings for 29 years at the GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation in performance and sight singing. He is an active adjudicator and choral clinician in the southeastern United States and acquired the designation of GMEA head choral adjudicator in 2006. Students enjoyed working with Mr. Smith on February 22nd and used techniques taught during the workshop to help earn Excellent and Superior ratings at this year's Large Group Performance Evaluation.  

The facts are clear:  
  • Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens. 
  • 1 in 4 teens crash during their first year. 
  • Driver's ed historically has produced no measurable reduction in crash rates. 
  • The Accident Avoidance Workshop reduces the likelihood of your student crashing by more than 75%.  
So   you decide ... which training do YOU want? The State's "absolute minimum requirements" haven't changed in 30 years, but driving has, and so have our roads. As a result, the State has lost such confidence in their own driver training program, they don't even require it anymore. We think your child deserves more than the minimum. We think your child deserves a fighting chance on today's roads, and we hope you will want to give them the tools they will need to survive in today's world.  
If you missed it earlier this spring, the Workshops are   returning   to Centennial   in April   and spaces will go fast. Don't delay, sign up today.   Click here   for more information and for a complete schedule, or call 770-262-7009.  

Remember to Use your Publix Scan Cards!

Do you know that the CHS PTSA has received over $14,000 from Publix over the years?!  That is a lot of money - and it takes no effort at all.  Just use your scan card every time that you make a purchase at Publix.  If you do not have a scan card, you can get one at the front desk.  They are available throughout the school year.  You or your student can pick up extra cards for grandparents, friends and neighbors to use.  Everyone buys groceries, and having these cards scanned when you shop at Publix is an easy way to help CHS PTSA!

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